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Annie's Song

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  7,421 ratings  ·  573 reviews
Annie Trimble lives in a solitary world that no one enters or understands. As delicate and beautiful as the tender blossoms of the Oregon spring, she is shunned by a town that misinterprets her affliction. But cruelty cannot destroy the love Annie holds in her heart.

Alex Montgomery is horrified to learn his wild younger brother forced himself on a helpless "idiot girl." T

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Mass Market Paperback, 410 pages
Published January 1996 by Avon
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UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick

When I bought this book, I hadn’t yet read anything by Catherine Anderson, nor had I ventured into the world of American Western Historical Romances, but because so many of my Goodreads friends were raving about it, I ordered it, kept checking the delivery status, and as soon as it arrived, sat it on my To Be Read shelf, which over time morphed into a Too Many To Be Read shelf, and Annie’s Song got pushed to the back and was, sadly, forgotten. Fortunately, albeit years later, it fit right in wit
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Rane
Aug 02, 2009 Rane rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: keeper
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Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
I can’t seem to find the words to convey just how wonderful this book is and others have written far more eloquent reviews than I ever could. So here’s my little tribute to a book that will be treasured and re-read many times.

”The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.”- Helen Keller

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She had done nothing wrong, nothing. Yet the way they looked at her made her feel as though she had. Here, in the darkness, she
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Sarah
I was expecting this book to be bad, but it surprised me. I was, in fact, expecting to be horrified by it, as … let me just type up the back cover.

Annie Trimble lives in a solitary world that no one enters or understands. As delicate and beautiful as the tender blossoms of the Oregon spring, she is shunned by a town that misinterprets her affliction. But cruelty cannot destroy the love that Annie holds in her heart.

Alex Montgomery is horrified to learn his wild younger brother forced himself on
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Jennifer
3.5 SO-SWEET-MY-TEETH-HURT STARS!!!!!







Even though I rated this 3.5 stars, I would still recommend this book! This book was different. I’ve never read a story like it.

I can’t say much about the story without spoiling something. The beginning was heart-breaking. The way that people, even her own family, treat Annie is horrible. Granted, mental health was very different in the 1800’s. There were a lot of unknowns.

By the time we got to the middle,I just wanted to reach inside this book and pinch its
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Julianna
Dec 01, 2008 Julianna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Catherine Anderson or Heartwarming Historical Romance
Reviewed for www.thcreviews.com

After reading the synopsis for Annie's Song, I wondered how an author might write a mute character and keep the story interesting without the usual use of dialog. In the case of Catherine Anderson, the answer is, quite simply, incredibly well. Annie is probably the sweetest, most guileless heroine I have ever read. She is full of childlike innocence and takes joy in the simple things in life. Ms. Anderson gives readers a lovely picture of how Annie views everything
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Susanne
More like a beautiful butterfly emerging, almost magically, from its chrysalis. In that moment, that was how he saw Annie.

butterfly

This is a beautiful book. No doubt about it. I had ridiculous high hopes, and I'm sad to say it didn't really live up to those expectations.

On the plus side:

1. Absolutely beautiful
2. So many heartwarming moments
3. A wonderful tale about a deaf girl who gets to experience love

On the down side:

1. Alex took care of Annie in the most wonderful way but I could not feel the sparkli
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Rossy
I read a few historicals a few years ago and thought at the time that it was just not my cuppa. I could not figure out why that was the case, just that i could barely get through the stories. Then my very picky friend Gina started reading this book and i got curious. If she is enjoying herself so much while reading this book, and loving every minute of it....also assures me that i will enjoy it. Well i bought myself a copy and very glad i did.

This was one of the best love story i had read in a
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Mo
I must say I have loved every Catherine Anderson book I have read and was very disappointed to see that some of her earlier works are not on Kindle. Once I got my kindle I gave up on paperbacks. There were some titles not availble on kindle that I sort of thought to myself "I really want to read that - will I order the paperback?" ...then thought to myself "Will wait a few months and see if they will be released on Kindle". Most of the books I have just left and never ordered in paperback. I onl ...more
Shawna
Feb 05, 2015 Shawna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of tearjerker love stories
5+ stars – Historical Romance

Annie’s Song is a simple, achingly sweet, heartfelt, soul-stirring, and poignant tale of how sincere kindness and love can truly transcend cruelty, hurt, language, disabilities, and boundaries of all kinds to soothe, heal, forgive, and redeem. There are a lot of wonderful things I could say about this remarkable love story, but perhaps succinct is best: it’s precious, beautiful, and moving like the sunsets and sounds Annie so treasures. It’s a memorable romance tha
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bibliophile (Romance Addict)
I have started reading this book with no expectations whatsoever. However, it sucked me in from the start. I was very angry at some parts, giggling at some parts, and crying at other parts. It was a roller coaster that forced me to experience so many emotions, and I hated so many characters in this book.

Story:
This is about a girl called Annie. She is the villages 'Moron' that everyone laugh & joke at. On a very bad day, she got assaulted by a guy in the woods, leading her to become pregnant
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Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
Annie Trimble is the town idiot, having caught a fever as a child that has rendered her unable to talk, her parents keep her out of sight and allow her her solitary ramblings through the woods. However, that all ends when she is brutally raped in the forest she used to roam. Alex Montgomrey is beyond furious when he learns that his younger brother her raped poor slow Annie Trimble, determined to make up for his brother he marries Annie when they realize she is pregnant. But as he becomes closer ...more
Rhapsody
One of my favorites by Anderson, and I've read a ton of her books. I've heard people complain that Annie's a little too innocent and simple and her relationship with Alex is more father-daughter than husband-wife, but I thought the story was lovely.

It's the late 1800's Oregon. Annie is the judge's youngest daughter and considered to be an imbecile. She had a fever when she was six that affected her brain, supposedly. At twenty, she's raped by Douglas Montgomery. The Montgomery family is very wea
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Catherine
Sometimes I look at the titles that are put on books and wonder why they're named that. Half the time they have nothing to do with the story at all. Here, the title actually has meaning. Annie is not what people think. No one has made the effort to discover the real her. It takes a special, though regrettable, set of circumstances and a special man to look past the stigma and listen closely enough to hear Annie's song.

The book starts out with a very disturbing event. Annie, the childlike town "i
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jenjn79
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Foxfire
I'm going to break ranks here and be the first person to give this book only one star.

It was a beautifully written book, but it failed in one fundamental aspect - however hard I tried, I couldn't suspend disbelief. The plot has more holes than the ozone layer. I gave up about half way through, too disgusted with the lack of credibility.

At age five or six, Annie contracts fever and loses her hearing. Her parents declare she has become mentally retarded. Annie herself knows she has become deaf, b
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Lynsey
This book was just incredible and will play on my mind for quite a while. I was in the mood for an emotional love story and this delivered it in spades.

I have to admit that I found some of this book very hard to read. I find it difficult to deal with the way that disabled & mentally disabled people are sometimes treated by ignorant or just downright mean people, whether it is 'harmless' teasing or something more serious. It's shameful behaviour.

It broke my heart to learn some of Annie's exp
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Keri
Since this book takes place in rural America back in the 1800's, you can imagine what kind of life Annie leads as a mostly deaf person. The problem is that her parents didn't realize she was deaf. They think she had mental issues all her life and treated her as such. They have kept her for the most part isolated from society. So when she is brutally attacked she doesn't really have the faculties to deal with it and pretends it doesn't happen. But when evidence surfaces of the attack, Alex steps ...more
M. ~ B&B
Awestruck, Annie tightened her hands on the iron bars, thinking that, in place of music, God had given her the sunrises. [..] Beautiful music made of light.

This story is one of the most beautiful and heart-warming stories I have read. It tugged on all my heart-strings. It’s just impossible not to love it. This story will touch your heart in many ways. Once I started reading, I had a hard time stopping. It is about a girl misunderstood and mistreated her whole life who slowly gets lured out o
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Rachel Regina
My rating: 5+++++++ "Annie, love" stars!!!!!! I would rate this a million stars if I could!!!!

Triggers:
Cheating: (view spoiler)
Love triangle: (view spoiler)
Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)

HEA: (view spoiler)
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Kathie (katmom)
Aug 24, 2012 Kathie (katmom) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kathie (katmom) by: Maddux
Shelves: best-books-ever
Okay, another one for my best books ever shelf...I think becauses of the way it made me FEEL so many emotions.

Annie, such a hard young life and then attacked by a hideous human, Roger Montgomery...

Her attack was hard to read and then I felt badly for her attacker's brother, Alex.

Alex is a good man, a really good man.

And when he realized exactly what was wrong with Annie, besides being pregnant, and when he realizes what she's been through, the abuse...well, he wanted to KILL those responsible.

An
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Ally72
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Ruchi
4.75 stars, to be honest.

You know how you sometimes read a book which you've been looking for in a long time? A book, which you know you'll cherish forever and will re-read probably a hundred times in your life. A book which makes you yelp in surprise because heck! this is what you've always wanted from a good book. Well, this is that book. I can't even express in words how heart-achingly beautiful it is. This book touched me andddd well, I'm stunned. This book, by far, outshines 99% of the boo
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Chryssa


The story
Annie Trimble is considered the town's simpleton, Annie the dummy, whom everyone makes fun of but does not harm, most of the times. Until Douglas Montgomery, your usual rich spoilt man, the town's bully, sets his eyes on her and rapes her...for fun. Alex Mongtgomery, his older brother tries to make amends by marrying Annie and providing for the child resulting from her rape. What has started as so dreadful blossoms to a great love story against all the hero's expectations.

Annie

Lost
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
I'm not really sure what to write about this one. There were parts I liked and parts I hated, but I'm not certain I really loved any of it. It was disappointing considering I had to go ferret out a paperback copy of it since the publisher hasn't seen fit to get with the times and release it as an ebook.

Anyway, the story is fairly straightforward; girl is rendered deaf after a childhood illness and her parents spend the next 12 years abusing the crap out of her. Then she's abused some more by so
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Crista
This one is definitely different than most, a rareity for a romance novel! It's a quick and thought-provoking read that flows along very nicely.

Annie Trimble is a misunderstood woman who's own parents don't realize that she is deaf...not crazy!! The abuse that this woman suffers under her parents roof is horrible..she is kept hidden away, abused, and poorly treated. She is then raped by a drunken jerk and becomes pregnant. Although 20 years old...she is more like a 6 year old in her understandi
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Melanie
What a fabulous!! Thanks so much to all of those who recommended it, and I can only pass on the rec! Alex is the perfect man for Annie, who more than deserved him!! It's definitely going on my favorites shelf!!
Diana~
I don't even know how to describe my feelings after finishing this book last night. It was beautiful, inspiring, and tantalizing in every way. I cried so much for Alex and Annie because of the sufferings that they had to endure to be together. The journey in finding true love is not always an easy one... but when it comes, it is always unexpected. I loved the relationship between Alex and Annie so much that it hurts. I wanted them to get their happily ever after and in the end, I got exactly wha ...more
Pamela(AllHoney)
I wasn't sure I'd like this book. It was listed on several fave lists and the synopsis didn't really appeal to me. I finally broke down and got it and enjoyed it. I felt the author handled the subject matter well and created a true hero in dealing with Annie's disability. I'll admit it did feel a little sappy at times but I'll still recommend it to anyone looking for a sweet, heart-wrenching romance set in the old west.
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Adeline Catherine was born on 22 December 1948 in in Grants Pass, Oregon, USA. She always yearned to be a writer like her mother. The morning that one of her professors asked if she could use samples of Catherine’s creative writing on an overhead projector
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“When God saw fit to bestow such a gift, a man with any sense didn’t ask questions.” 11 likes
“Annie giggled again. She couldn’t seem to stop herself. And when she did, the most incredible thing happened. Alex’s grin vanished, and after gazing down at her for what seemed to her several endless seconds, he got tears in his eyes. “Thank you,” he said. Only that, just a simple “thank you.” But to Annie, those were the two most wonderful words she’d ever seen spoken, and they meant more to her than a thousand others might have. With them, he told her a wealth of things, namely that he had meant everything he’d said to her in the attic, that he not only wouldn’t punish her for making noise, but that he wanted her to.” 8 likes
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